Chronic pain can often interfere with a patient’s quality of life, sleep, and productivity. Despite the adverse affects of chronic pain, it is often poorly managed.

Pain often accompanies disease of the bones, muscles, joints, and skin, which affect millions of Americans. Most of these diseases are chronic and may cause lifelong pain. In certain cases, such as with some rheumatic diseases, the sources of pain may include:

  • inflammation of the synovial membrane (tissue that lines the joints)
  • inflammation of the tendons
  • inflammation of the ligaments
  • muscle strain
  • muscle fatigue

A combination of these factors contributes to the intensity of the pain.